Welcome to SAPR Source!
SAPR Source is an authoritative, one-stop shop for SARCs, SAPR VAs, and other SAPR professionals to access timely updates on victim assistance and prevention efforts, activities and events, tools and guidance, and important program and policy updates. SAPR Source is updated monthly or as-needed with key information and resources.
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for updates!
- Remember, Help is Always Available! Find the nearest SARC and chat with Safe Helpline staff at safehelpline.org.
- New! SAPR Professionals, we need your help! Tell us about your experience with issues that directly affect you, including your background, training, and perceptions of your Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program by taking the QSAR1801 Survey. Your responses to this survey make a difference.
- The survey can be accessed at: https://insights.forsmarshgroup.com/b/53b/qcsurvey
- This survey takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.
- All SAPR-certified SARCs, VAs, SVCs, VLCs, and SVPs in the DoD (active duty, National Guard/Reserve, and civilian) were selected to participate in this study.
- These surveys enable DoD to regularly assess the attitudes and opinions of the DoD community, including active duty and Reserve component members, on the full range of personnel issues.
- You will need a ticket number to access the survey. Ticket numbers are provided in the invitation and reminder emails.
- If you did not receive the link/ticket number please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participants can expect a response to all email inquiries within 1 to 2 business days.
- New! Congrats to a great NOVA event in Jacksonville, Florida. DoD SAPRO presented to almost 1,800 people, including approximately 700 DoD personnel, both military and civilian. The event featured 10 presentations by SAPRO, in support of the theme “Be the Voice.” SAPRO also hosted a pre-training event, Military Monday Morning, attended by over 600 DoD personnel.
- New! View all the DoD SAPRO presentations from NOVA below:
- ‘Ethics in Victim Services’ PDF
- ‘DSAID Updates’ PDF
- ‘Sexual Assault Reporting and Retaliation’ PDF
- ‘D-SAACP Professionalizing Victim Advocacy’ PDF
- ‘Data and Research Linking Sexual Assault Victimization and Suicide Risk’ PDF
- ‘Department of Veterans Affairs Services for Military Sexual Trauma’ PDF
- DoD Safe Helpline: Anonymous support, anytime, anywhere
- Insights from Safe Helpline
- DoD SAPRO presentations from NOVA can also be found on the SAPR Connect site. If you are not a member of this online community of practice, find more information on how to become a member of SAPR Connect here.
- New! Department of Defense Safe Helpline is excited to announce the launch of its new website and app for survivors in the DoD community looking for live support, resources, and information. To meet the needs of a geographically diverse audience, those seeking support can access services and support anytime, anywhere through safehelpline.org. or by downloading the Safe Helpline app on the App Store or Google Play. Search: DoD Safe Helpline.
- New! Are you looking for new ways to support survivors of sexual assault on your base or installation? Local Safe HelpRoom can help.
- Local Safe HelpRoom provides an environment for survivors to safely and anonymously receive peer-to-peer support while removing common barriers to accessing in-person care, including time, cost, distance, and scheduling.
- By hosting your own Local Safe HelpRoom, you will be able to provide tailored assistance for your own community by identifying topics and creating discussions that best fit the needs of your local population.
- Learn more about how you can become a Local Safe HelpRoom moderator and start hosting live group chats for your community here.
- Check Out DoD’s Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Sessions: Attend the Male Survivor Sessions here.
- Self-Paced Safe Helpline Courses: Safe Helpline offers three unique programs to help those looking for support or information related to sexual assault. All programs can be accessed anonymously, or responders can register with a valid military email address to receive one hour of D-SAACP credit. You can check out these resources here, or through the Safe Helpline app.
- Safe Helpline Resources: Safe Helpline has a variety of resources to add to your existing cache of information on sexual assault and harassment.
- Safe Helpline Printed Outreach Materials: available for order here.
- Safe Helpline Outreach Toolkit: Materials include frequently asked questions (FAQs), ways to talk about Safe Helpline with your community, and DoD SAPRO approved content to share on social media. Sharing the Safe Helpline FAQs with leadership on your base or installation can also be an easy way to help familiarize what Safe Helpline has to offer them and their units. Download the Outreach Toolkit here!
- Check Out SAPR Connect! Do you know about SAPR Connect, the Department's only virtual Community of Practice (CoP) dedicated to sexual assault prevention? SAPR Connect is located on milSuite, the DoD's CAC-enabled and secure social media site. Currently there are approximately 3,300 members! Connect to your fellow SARCs, VAs, and Service members by following their SAPR Connect activity, viewing the latest prevention materials, and posting an interesting article or blog post for discussion. Check it out here.
- D-SAACP Slick Sheet: SAPRO has developed a fact sheet that gives a brief overview of the D-SAACP program and credentialing process to showcase the professional standards of our SAPR personnel. This is a great tool to use with those not familiar with the D-SAACP program, from commanders to the general public. You can access this new tool here.
- Exceptional SARC Awards: DoD supports military Services as they annually determine the Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award and the Exceptional SARC Award winners. These awards recognize the dedicated individuals responsible for responding to the needs of victims and leading command prevention efforts (Exceptional SARC), and those working to prevent the challenging crime of sexual assault through innovative practices (Prevention Innovation). More details can be found here.
What's New Archives
- Now live! The SAAPM Special Report webpage is now available on Defense.gov. This is a dynamic public-facing page that highlights SAAPM activities across DoD and the Services throughout April. Featured prominently is the joint SAAPM PSA "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission".
- Get Involved!: April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). There are many events going on around the country, especially in the National Capital Region. Check with your local bases and installations to attend or register for events. For more information and resources from DoD SAPRO, navigate to our SAAPM pages on sapr.mil and defense.gov.
- New! Safe Helpline SAAPM Resources: To support SARC and SAPR VA efforts during SAAPM, Safe Helpline has a variety of resources to add to your existing cache of information on sexual assault and harassment and to aid in activities during this month
- Safe Helpline Printed Outreach Materials: available for order here: https://shop.safehelpline.org
- Safe Helpline Outreach Toolkit: Materials include frequently asked questions (FAQa), ways to talk about Safe Helpline with your community, and DoD SAPRO approved content to share on social media. Sharing the Safe Helpline FAQs with leadership on your base or installation can also be an easy way to help familiarize what Safe Helpline has to offer them and their units. Download the Outreach Toolkit here!
- National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resources: The DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime has developed a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) and webinar for organizations that work with people who have experienced trauma. Navigate here to learn more.
- New! Two Self-Paced Safe Helpline Courses: DoD Safe Helpline is offering two new anonymous, self-paced, online programs called How to Support a Survivor and Safe Helpline 101. These resources were specifically designed to complement the work you all are doing to support survivors in the field everyday. Both programs can be accessed 24/7 and have been approved for 1 D-SAACP CEU. You can check out these new resources on SafeHelpline.org or through the Safe Helpline app.
- Register for Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships Trainings: DoD and the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime are offering four trainings in 2018. Please use the event links below to register!
- Register here by March 20 for the April 3 training in Salem, OR
- Register here by April 12 for the April 26 training in Klamath Falls, OR
- Register here by April 24 for the May 8 training at JBLM
- Register here by May 2 for the May 16 training at Mansfield, OH
- Register here by May 2 for the May 30 training at Kitsap Naval Base, WA
- New! D-SAACP Slick Sheet: SAPRO has developed a fact sheet that gives a brief overview of the D-SAACP program and credentialing process to showcase the professional standards of our SAPR personnel. This is a great tool to use with those not familiar with the D-SAACP program, from commanders to the general public. You can access this new tool here.
- Exceptional SARC Award Nominations Due April 5th: Nominations are open to submit the name of a military or civilian SARC from each Service, National Guard, and Coast Guard that you would like to recognize for particularly noteworthy work and demonstration of outstanding service in support of our Service members. More details on the guidelines and submission instructions can be found here. Please note, the deadline for submissions in April 5th.
- We Want Your Feedback!: DoD SAPRO is in the process of planning the pre-conference 2018 NOVA Training Event and would like to know more about your SARC and SAPR VA experience. What did you like from last year’s training? What skills do you want more training on? What topics would you like to learn more about this year? Use the “Share Feedback” tab on SAPR Source to connect with us.
- Register for 2018 EVAWI International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Bias: This year’s conference will run from April 3 - 5 at the Hilton Chicago. Topics will focus on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse, highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities. Register here by March 2nd and save $50 off the full conference fee.
- Save the Date! 2018 NOVA Training Event: This year’s training event will be in Jacksonville, FL from August 20 - 23. Mark your calendars and check back here soon for more information about registration and programming.
- 2018 SAAPM Theme Announced: DoD SAPRO will continue with the theme "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission." This allows us to continue our messaging that, regardless of rank, grade, or job specialty, we all can take action to "protect our people." The theme's tie to "protecting our mission" supports the Department's priorities to enhance our readiness and lethality. To read more about SAAPM from DoD SAPRO Director RADM Ann Burkhardt, click here.
New! Two Sexual Assault Fact Sheets: SAPRO is changing the way it talks about common sexual assault “myths”. Research has shown that mentioning a myth does more to reinforce it as true than debunk it as false. As a best practice, SAPR personnel should stick to Just the Facts. View our refreshed Just the Facts Information Paper here and Facts about Sexual Assault Perpetrated Against Men here.
Shout Out to the Services!: RADM Burkhardt and the SAPRO Assessment Team would like to thank all of the SAPR Personnel who work to input data into the Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID). SAPRO saw the highest quality of FY17 Annual Report data in the history of DSAID thanks to the Services’ attention to detail.
Request a Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships Training: SAPRO collaborates with U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to provide local, interactive, 1-day training events for the civilian and military community. This is an opportunity for the military and civilian victim communities to learn about each other’s SAPR efforts. For more information on how to request a training, navigate to OVC’s webpage here and check out OVC’s flyer here. Check back for 2018 dates!
- 2018 Dates
- 3 APR: Salem, OR
- 8 MAY: JBLM
- 30 MAY: Kitsap Naval Base, WA
- 16 MAY: Mansfield, OH
New! - Know Your Rights, Know Your Options Slick Sheet:Do you need more tools to help at initial intake with survivors? DoD SAPRO developed the Know Your Rights, Know Your Options slick sheet to give survivors more information about their legal rights and policy protections. SARCs and SAPR VAs can share this tool at any time throughout the reporting process to shed more light on the way forward or highlight certain protections.
Now Available - Self-Serve Ethics Presentation:You asked and we heard! DoD SAPRO added an ethics presentation specific to victim advocacy to the “Tools and Resources” tab. SARCs can use this resource to train SAPR personnel on important ethics considerations. This presentation was given by our Senior Victim Assistance Advisor at USARPAC this summer and has been adapted to fit a broader audience. For all questions and clarifications, please refer to the “Notes” sections of each slide. Note: presenters are not able to receive CEU credits for giving this presentation; however, audience members are able to receive two CEU credits to certify the ethics requirement.
Updated D-SAACP Frequently Asked Questions: Read through the D-SAACP Frequently Asked Questions to find updated material consistent with changes to the DoDI 6495.03 in the "Tools and Resources" tab.
The Department is committed to being a national leader in preventing and responding to sexual assault.
DoD and each of the military Services have issued policy to assure compliance with our mission and the rule of military law. DoD Directive 6495.01 establishes the broad policy parameters of the SAPR Program for the Department.
Check out the Policy webpage on SAPR.mil for information and resources on SAPR policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
|DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session||14 October 2018||1300-1500||Safe Help Room|
|DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session||21 October 2018||1300-1500||Safe Help Room|
|DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session||28 October 2018||1300-1500||Safe Help Room|
|DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session||4 November 2018||1300-1500||Safe Help Room|
|DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session||11 November 2018||1300-1500||Safe Help Room|
|Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault (Online Program)||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
|How to Support A Survivor (Online Program)||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
|Safe Helpline 101||Self-paced||N/A||SafeHelpline.org|
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Based on your feedback, SAPRO will continue to update SAPR Source with the commitment of providing you timely, relevant content.